About A. S. H E L W I G
A. S. Helwig utilizes techniques such as collage, texturing, glazing and under-painting to explore the prairie landscape. “I am painting the landscape that is familiar to me,” says Helwig. The imagery that I have been working with has become spiritual and dreamlike. The images are quick glances we have of the landscape as we move through it.”
Themes of alienation, awe, personal epiphanies and prayerfulness emerge. The fleeting moment transcends itself to reveal that feeling, that truth, which we intuitively understand but find difficult to articulate. These are visual poems, which insinuate the eternal into our understanding of the immediate.
A. S. Helwig was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. From an early age she drew and painted. In fact, she has painted in acrylics since she was 14 years old in the coulee hills close to her family home. Helwig took a two-year commercial art program at the Medicine Hat College and then a Bachelor of Education Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge. Looking for adventure Helwig moved to Fox Lake, a small remote Indian village in Northern Alberta. There she taught English and art while maintaining a studio in her home.
Presently residing in Calgary, Helwig remains an art educator and studio artist. She teaches art to adults and children and also gives workshops to adult groups. You might have even seen her teaching a painting show called “Canvas” that aired3 seasons on Shaw TV’s Channel ten.
Her work is in many private and public art collections. Helwig attended the Banff Centre of Arts in a self-directed residency in 2008 and 2005.
Her work is represented by Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Mountain Gallery in Banff, Alberta and Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta.
" Helwig is a southern Alberta Artist who masterfully evokes the drama of a storm coming over the prairie, as well as the mythical beauty of the Rockies when seen from a distance." Sally MacKinnon, in Sept/Oct Where Magazine. www.where.ca
"Born to paint the endless blue skies of Alberta and to use paint and canvas to capture the never ending natural beauty of this province's vistas, form the expansive prairie, to the rolling foothills, to the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Born in Lethbridge, Alice Helwig, followed the Chinook winds, out tot he windswept coulees around her Lethbridge home to begin her painting career out in the natural environment. " Shaw TV, Calgary.
..."her paintings give us a feeling of homely quiet, despite her style (that) is strong and rough... Clouds are the biggest protagonists, obviously inspired on the romantic tradition where painters like William Turner or Caspar Friedrich cannot be forgotten." http://theworstlines.blogspot.ca
“….For me the most important part is the process of making the art work; of getting lost in really looking at something and deciding what marks to put down. At times it’s the unexpected opportunity that arises in a work.” Helwig quoted in an interview by Ruth Spivak in The Western Parent, Education and Learning Disabilities Awareness Issue, February/ March 2007 Vol 12No. 1
“If landscapes can be called gutsy, these are definitely gutsy,” says Allan Jensen, chair of the cultural Centre Art Gallery. “She’s not thinking very much about painting within the lines,” he says. “These are really direct paintings rather than being pretty pictures.” Medicine Hat News, Sept 2003
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CURRICULUM VITAE: Alice S. Helwig
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
“Open Spaces”, March-April 2010 Show of painted canvases at the TELUS Convention Centre, Sponsored by the City of Calgary, located in Calgary, Alberta
“Alberta Skies”, December 2005, a solo show of acrylic landscapes Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont in Banff, Alberta, Canada
“Casual Epiphanies II”, September 2003, a solo show of acrylic landscapes at the Medicine Hat Cultural Center, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
“Prairie Paradox”, March - June 2003, a solo show of acrylic landscapes at the Akokiniskway Gallery in Rosebud, Alberta, Canada
Selected Group Exhibitions
“Beyond Landscape” May – June 3013, By juried entry, Leighton Art Centre, located south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
“ The 23rd Annual Fall Show and Sale at Alicat Gallery in Bragg Creek, October2010, Bragg Creek, Alberta
“ The 13th annual ISAP show”, by juried entry, International Society of Acrylic Painters, California, USA, September 2010
“The Gift II”, December 2005, A benefit show for the Hospice Association, Calgary, hosted by Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
“Landscape III”, March 2003, an online art show from Period Gallery, Omaha, NE, U.S.A. Awarded Director’s Recognition
Alberta Art Foundation, Lethbridge Regional Hospital,
Burlington Resources Calgary, MacDonald Hotel Edmonton.
Various private collections across Canada, The US
B.Ed with distinction, University of Lethbridge, 1985 Major: art education, Minor: English
Visual Communications Diploma, Medicine Hat College, 1982
Residency - Leighton Colonies, Banff Center for the Arts. 2008, 2005
Residency St(art) Residency with Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (CAAF),Jan.-Feb. 2012
Workshops with Bryan Ayeteo, Mike Svob, Barbara Milne, Mitch Albala, and Peter Fiore
I mentor and teach workshops and classes to adults as well as children. I also teach Art Team Building Activities.
Finalist in The Artist Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition 2014
Best of Acrylic Works Publication 2014 by North Light Books. Senior Editor Sarah Laichas
Producer/ host of a TV Series called Canvas, on Shaw’s Community Channel 10. Calgary 2012
AIR grant for an Artist in Residency Program. City of Calgary 2012
Place fifth, Impressionistic landscape Category in American Artist Awards ,2015
Placed first, Fantasy Landscape Category in American Artist Awards, 2013
Placed fifth, Impressionistic Landscape Category in American Artist Awards, 2013,
Placed in the top five, Impressionist Animal Category in American Artist Awards, 2011
Placed sixth in the Impressionist Landscape Category American Artist Awards, 2011